Ten Spooky Classical Music Favorites for Halloween

By |2018-10-30T23:22:08-05:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Camille Saint-Saëns, Culture, Halloween, J.S. Bach, Jean Sibelius, Music, Sergei Rachmaninoff|

It’s Halloween, and you’re looking for that perfect, spooky Halloween music that’s a little more sophisticated than “The Monster Mash” and “Thriller” and “Werewolves of London.” Look no further, friends. I’ve done my own hopping around to see what others consider to be their Top 10 classical spooky favorites. My list is a little different; [...]

Five Great Classical Pieces for Cello

By |2018-11-04T23:31:12-05:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Camille Saint-Saëns, Christine Norvell, J.S. Bach, Music|

Having played the cello for more than thirty years, I am often asked what I would recommend for listeners, especially for those who aren’t necessarily concertgoers. As a cellist, it’s hard to categorize what to listen to. Some pieces are fun to play and to listen to, while others require such technical practice that they [...]

10 Great Violin Concertos You Must Hear

By |2018-05-20T07:40:39-05:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Camille Saint-Saëns, Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann|

The fun thing about really getting to know the violin concerto repertoire is that there are always more treasures to discover… The violin concerto repertoire is so rich and satisfying, I’m embarrassed to admit that, prior to becoming an adult beginner on the violin in 2005, I was only familiar with a few of them. [...]

“Ave Maria”

By |2018-05-13T14:29:58-05:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Camille Saint-Saëns, Catholicism|

Editor's Note: Camille Saint-Saëns wrote the Ave Maria in A major in 1860. Known in his lifetime mainly as a composer of operas, and remembered by posterity largely for his orchestral works, yet Saint-Saëns also composed many sacred works. Once asked why he, an atheist, composed sacred music, Saint-Saëns replied: "I know how to respect what [...]

The Top Ten Greatest Requiem Masses

By |2019-03-08T12:45:25-05:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Camille Saint-Saëns, Hector Berlioz, Michael Haydn, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

“Should not church music be mostly for the heart?” —Joseph Martin Kraus The Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead—the Requiem, sometimes called Missa pro Defunctis (or Defuncto) or Messe des Morts—is surely the most dramatic of liturgical forms and has inspired countless composers, from medieval times to the present. What the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, a [...]

The Top Ten Greatest Violin Concertos

By |2018-11-19T11:35:33-05:00December 31st, 2014|Categories: Camille Saint-Saëns, Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

The violin concerto as a form of music has endured for some 300 years and remains, alongside the piano concerto, the most popular type of concerto played in modern concert halls and committed to recording. The genre was first developed during the Baroque era, when the concerto was conceived as a tripartite structure, running about [...]